MICRO JOURNALISM UPDATE….Despite my skepticism, I’m happy to report that David Appell has raised $370 from “those interested in reading more about sugar, diet, and politics.” You know, David, if it had been chocolate, diet, and politics, I might have contributed too.
David has the details here, and promises to finish the story and publish it in late May.
And hey, maybe there really is a business model in the making here. How about some kind of journalism eBay for this kind of stuff? You know, journalists could post story ideas and get bids from potential readers (or editors who just wanted to buy the story outright). If the bids get high enough, the reporter would then go off and work on the story. Alternatively, readers could suggest stories and see if there are any reporters willing to follow them up. Reporters could end up with eBay-style satisfaction rankings based on how highly the bidders think of the delivered product.
Just thinking out loud here….